I’ve come to a point where I can no longer fight with using WordPress (this website format) to make a combination blog and product source for geocaching / munzee products that I create.
Therefore, the items that I create will be moved to my business website where I can offer a more professional customer experience for those of you who continue to place orders. This blog is meant to be just that … a source of information and sharing of experiences relating to geocaching and munzee, not an e-commerce website. The format of WordPress does not allow for a smooth customer shopping experience.
Products have been removed from this website and a link will be provided shortly to the consumer site that will showcase geocaching and munzee related items.
I hope this transition will be quick and you will enjoy what I have to offer.
In the meantime, I (again) offer this website up for a visiting author to relate their geocaching stories and experiences to generate ideas and communication with all who read this blog.
I have spent the last few days working on updating the look of this blog. You, the visitor, aren’t aware that this is taking place behind the curtain, as I tweak this area and rearrange that area, all the time trying to make this website worth coming to for information and shared experiences.
What I’ve come to realize is that this particular layout isn’t cutting it anymore. This look has been in place for over two years and even if I change the masthead image and move a couple things around, it’s still not what I want. So, over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be trying different options, adding some color hear and there and seeing if I can make this worth a visit. More updates are clearly needed and, as always, I welcome your comments.
I would also like to open this up to other geocachers and munzers who would like to be a guest author to provide a story or two and give their shot at relating an experience or sharing information. Hopefully, it may even give them the incentive to start their own blog, which would be a great thing.
I’m all for collaboration and sharing … no one person has all the information or know-how about these activities and I hope to get more input from my fellow cachers, both here in the US and in other countries. I am receiving visits from all over the world, and I would welcome any stories and/or comments from every visitor.
So in the meantime … if you happen to stop by and see this website completely out of whack – have no fear … it’s just me working behind the curtain.
I shot this video a couple weeks ago, merely to reinforce my statement that, for us, it’s all about the experience of geocaching, and not so much about the numbers. This isn’t to say that geocachers who enjoy racking up their number of finds is wrong – not at all. The idea of heading out for the main purpose of increasing my count isn’t out of the question – and while I have tried doing just that, inevitably, our purpose is diverted by an interesting town to explore, reading the text from old headstones at a cemetery find, or just taking in the sights of the surrounding area. Maybe it just comes down to the fact that we’re easily distracted.
The bottom line is, geocaching means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I welcome the chance to talk to other cachers, which is the main purpose of this blog. As always, I encourage your comments and enjoy hearing from others around the world about their experience with geocaching and what it means to them.
It was still pretty gray when this video was made two weeks ago, but with a few rains since and the temperature getting warmer, the trees have been budding and it’s starting to green up already here in Ohio. I’m looking forward to a great caching season – I look forward to your comments.
I had pretty much given up on trying to explain geocaching to my ‘friends’ on Facebook. Whenever I have posted photos of enjoying my outdoor experiences, it is normally met with indifference. No ‘likes’ here, or God forbid, someone make a comment. Yet a different person could post a single vacation photo or sadly, and even more common, a photo of a plate of food from a restaurant … and the flood gates open with comments and the ‘likes’ pour in.
I can honestly say that for awhile there, it upset me. How does a plate of food, with its distorted Instagram filter, rate higher than a beautiful sun-drenched day outdoors, with smiling faces of people who have hiked into the wilderness, and experienced the joy of finding an object that very few people have ever found (or you had the honor of finding it first)? The excitement of venturing out to places in the world that you never knew existed only adds to the joy of this activity.
But then … it hit me. The answer was right in front of me. What appeals to these individuals about a plate of food is merely the fact that it’s an activity that we all share – eating. Who among us doesn’t enjoy a good meal – especially when we’re surrounded by people we care about. There’s little difference between loosening your belt after a gluttonous feast, and picking the briars out of your clothes after signing the logbook. Well, ok, there is a difference, but still, it’s all about the experience and sharing a common activity.
So, I took it upon myself to ask a FB friend (former classmate from school) to join my wife and I in the hunt for a few geocaches. We drove to her home, picked her up and off we went. She lives in a more suburban location, so the finds were very common placements and not very exciting. One cache find was somewhat eventful, as the location put us at the end of a fence line of a driving range. We soon became the goal of every golfer who had the power to hit a 300+ yard drive. I’m not sure if our laughter was out of fear or just the absurdity of looking for a loc-n-loc under fire. Regardless of the reason, she no longer wanted to be an observer … she now wanted to play this game for real. She brought out her smartphone, opened a new account on geocaching.com, downloaded the app, and we were on our way to the next cache. Just like that, a casual observer became a player. And at the end of the day, she wanted to know when we can do this again.
So, now when I post a photo on FB from caching, I can rely on one additional ‘like’ or possibly a comment, other than from a family member. It’s one small victory in sharing this activity with others. Not everyone will enjoy this, which I understand. But it’s my mission to see more photos of smiling faces holding a travel bug, than a massive plate of gravy-dripping carbohydrates.
Let the conversion begin … (FB post: “Who’s up for an adventure?”)
I’ve been taking a walk down memory lane today. I decided to take a break from updating the website of my side business of laser engraving, to revisit this blog and my involvement with geocaching and munzee. I started this blog on October 15, 2010, and at that time, I had only 20 geocache finds and was having a great time with this fantastic new activity. Fast forward to February 2013 and while my number of finds is only in the low 200′s, my interest in geocaching has only grown. I still enjoy this activity nearly 3 years later.
Last Friday, I ended a nine month nightmare by leaving the worst place of employment I have ever encountered. As my daughter so succinctly put it … the “worst pregnancy ever.” During my first week at that job, I knew I had made the worst mistake of my life by accepting that position. With a terrible economy and trying to find a job in my field, it’s taken nine months to find a suitable place to work. My first day at my new position starts tomorrow. I am nervous, excited, and looking forward to working with professionals in the graphics industry, rather than incompetent drama-queens and paper pushers. I don’t feel I should have to let someone know that I am leaving to use the restroom. Ridiculous.
My ability to geocache or participate in munzee activities has been extremely limited these past nine months. Once I get acclimated to this new position, I plan to ramp up my finds and also post more here, which I really do enjoy. I have many plans for this blog that I cannot reveal right now, but my involvement will definitely increase and I can have the freedom to participate a great deal more. Spring is just around the corner and I intend on boosting my finds and more importantly, enjoying many more experiences.
Present day connections to a past life…
Through the use of Facebook, I have been catching up on the lives of friends, relatives and interest groups. Recently, I have connected with schoolmates from 30+ years ago. My experience is nothing different than what millions of people do each day. But within my experience of making contact with past friends, is the ability to slowly introducing geocaching to them. By Facebook posts and photos, I have piqued the interest of friends who wonder just what in the hell I am doing. I sometimes find it difficult to explain, because overall, the most common theme that people assume, is that it’s merely an electronic scavenger hunt. When they assume that, they are only hitting the tip of the iceberg. Once they determine that’s all there is to it, they almost immediately dismiss the activity as a waste of time, or will roll their eyes and only half listen to the explanation that follows.
I have been looking on YouTube for geocaching videos, but I really haven’t been impressed with what I have found. Some people are way over the top when it comes to their videos, and while that’s their style and way to express them self, it’s not what I have in mind in the way to inform or impress people with geocaching or munzee. I’m not putting their videos down – I only want to do it in a different way.
So, I look forward to more involvement with caching and munzee, as well as here on this blog. I encourage your comments, suggestions and stories to share on this blog … hope to hear from you!